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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 576 – “Call Your Shot” – All-Star Edition Ep. 5

7/19/18

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The First Half All Value Stars

Here’s a look at the best value players by position through the first half. There is no set threshold, but I’m using 150+ ADP as a loose guideline. I pushed that threshold at shortstop but still threw in a late-round honorable mention.

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Yasmani Grandal, LAD| .251 AVG, 13 HR, 47 RBI, 41 R, 1 SB in 306 PA, 220th ADP

Catcher has been a sinkhole this year, but we kinda knew that coming into the season as just three were taken in the top 100. I could’ve used Wilson Ramos here, who slots 2nd on the Auction Calculator and was drafted 159th on average. Grandal is just a spot lower at 3rd and was drafted 61 spots later.

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The First Half All-Fantasy Team

Here’s a look at the best players by position through the first half:

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J.T. Realmuto, MIA | .310 AVG, 12 HR, 45 RBI, 46 R, 1 SB in 303 PA, 109th ADP

Being stuck on a rough Marlins team hasn’t held Realmuto back, though there’s also the glaring fact that the position has been a dud on the whole this year. Gary Sanchez is hitting .190, Willson Contreras has just seven homers, and the late round standouts have only ascended to C2 status.

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 575 – SurpriseCast Fireside Chat

7/15/18

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 574 – Paxton Back on the DL

7/13/18

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Paul Sporer Baseball Chat – Friday the 13th, 2018

Check out the transcript below!

3:02

Paul Sporer: Helllooooo everybody! Let’s talk some baseball this Friday the 13th!

3:06

Sporer Spice: You throwing Hamels out there tonight?

3:07

Paul Sporer: Sure, let’s do it

3:07

Knuckle Churve: Hey Paulie, baby! Looking more grim by each report that Pedroia will  return this year. Who do you think the Saux pursue to fill 2B?

3:08

Paul Sporer: Not sure if they hit the trade market, might just ride out Nunez

3:08

Sleeper Star: Pick One, rest of the season: Nathan Eovaldi – or – Shane Bieber? (Weekly, Head-to-Head: Strikeouts, Wins, ERA/WHIP)

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 573 – “Call Your Shot” Ep. 4

7/11/18

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Call Your Shot Ep. 4

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Biggest Pitching Movers Since March

I released my July rankings last week, my fourth update of the year. Today, I want to look at the biggest movers since the very first run of rankings back in March when we ran the consensus lists. We’ll look at three groups of pitchers: those in the top 50 who didn’t even make March list and then the biggest risers and fallers for those who did make that original 162.

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2018 Innings Limits Report

As we push toward the All-Star break, it’s time to look at young arms and how their innings are tracking. I used last year’s total plus 25% for a rough estimate of what teams might be looking to use as their bar for a guy who they want to limit. Now just they because they might have enough innings “available” based on this calculation doesn’t mean the team won’t still look to limit them if they have health concerns. I think it’s fair to say that if they have about 85 innings or so left in the tank, then overwork won’t be a driving force behind limiting a pitcher in the second half.

  • 85+ IP left isn’t a major concern
  • 65-84 IP left are guys to watch
  • <=64 IP left are probably in danger as they were probably injured in ‘17

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The Hit List – July 8th

A quick at some available bats at each position for the upcoming week. Check out Nick’s piece on available pitchers, too. I’m using the FantasyPros roster rates of 50% or lower as the threshold and including a 25% or lower option at each position, too.

With a handful of doubleheaders this week, there are several teams with 8 games: BAL, MIL, NYM, NYY, PHI, and PIT.

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Tucker Barnhart | CIN, 30%, 6 games (all vR) – The switch-hitting Barnhart is better against lefties (.949 OPS) than righties (.645), but pickings are slim for catcher! He does have solid 17% K and 9% BB rates against righties and a .260 BABIP holding him back. If you’re just going for playing time, he’s got the third-most plate appearances at the position.

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